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Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ November 28, 2020 kicks off Shop and Dine promotions

Release Date: Nov. 30, 2020 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ November 28, 2020, kicks off ‘Shop and Dine’ promotions. Local community organization, who annually produces Atlantic Antic™, works hard to mitigate the impact of the pandemic by showcasing the beauty, vibrancy, and wide variety of Atlantic Avenue shops and restaurants. Brooklyn, New York-Nov. 30, 2020– Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host its annual Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ on Nov. 28 featuring Shop and Dine discounts and incentives from participating stores and restaurants from Nov 28 through Dec 13. Look for the red balloons along 1.5 miles of Atlantic Avenue and its side streets from Fourth Ave to waterfront running through charming Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. There are more than 150 storefronts of shops and restaurants along the strip. Sue Wolfe, Vice President of the AALDC Board explains, that “the holiday season is the perfect time to show your support to our neighborhood businesses. Our businesses have been struggling to stay open. Like you, they love our neighborhood and want to remain here.” Wolfe added, “Shop early, shop local!” On the heels of a successful two-week long Gowanus Art Walk along Atlantic Avenue co-produced by the AALDC, an invitation is extended to all to stroll the avenue and shop diverse and enchanting stores stocked with great holiday gifts, and taste the different foods at specialty shops and restaurants- many of which have outside seating on the avenue and side streets. “Our restaurants also have faced difficult obstacles and are here to help you in every way to make your holiday celebrations special. Dine-in or order but most importantly, show your support,” stated Nat Rubin, President of the AALDC Board. More broadly, Howard Kolins, Interim Executive Director of the AALDC, reminded that “Your favorite businesses have websites where you can shop and pick-up curbside, or have items delivered to you. Karen Zebulon, AALDC board member and owner of GUMBO store at 495 Atlantic Avenue, provides background on the artistic tote bag giveaways. “To drive home the importance of supporting local businesses, a limited number of Atlantic Avenue Shop & Dine cloth tote bags with design by local artist Adam Suerte will be given away at various street corners on Saturday, November 28.” Santa Sightings and Carolers. On November 28, between noon and 4 pm. Listen for Santa’s sleigh bells to lead you to Santa and holiday carolers along the avenue. Window Winners. The annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition Awards, in various categories, are given to stores and restaurants for the most creative original designs. Judges will view holiday windows of participating merchants along Atlantic Avenue and its immediate side streets. This year’s window judges are documentary filmmaker Allison Prete, filmmaker Jed Rothstein, composer, musician, Steven W. Standard (Strafe), and artists Adam Suerte and John Thorton (see bios below). Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The AALDC will be donating 150 sets of Miss Jessie’s hair products to Providence House, a transitional housing program for women and children. The AALDC will also collect toys to donate to children age 7 or younger at Arbor Inn, a short-term housing program. In coordination with NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin’s office, the AALDC will collect gifts for children up to 17 years old living at the nearby Gowanus Houses. Please bring an unwrapped toy or book, with child gender and age indicated, to the AALDC office. To donate toys, please contact the AALDC office at 718-875-8993 for drop-off dates , times, and locations. Sponsors of this year’s holiday events include Con...

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Get Artsy This Weekend At The Final Weekend Of Arts Gowanus Artwalk On Atlantic Avenue

Media Contact: Stacey Sherman stacey@theshermangroup.com 917-656-3665   Get Artsy This Weekend At The Final Weekend Of Arts Gowanus Artwalk On Atlantic Avenue Enjoy a Boo-rrific stroll, pop up entertainment and specials at local businesses   Brooklyn, NY Oct 29 — Looking for something to do this weekend? Get artsy and take a 1.5-mile stroll along Atlantic Ave during the final days of Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave, NYC’s largest “art gallery.”   Enjoy the works of 110 local Brooklyn artists in more than 70 merchant windows, on roll gates, tree beds, outdoor restaurant and construction walls, public spaces and in a few shops along Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront. ArtWalk, which opened three weeks ago, closes this Sunday, November 1. For a map of locations to see art visit https://bit.ly/2HpGxsb. Curated by Arts Gowanus Executive Director Johnny Thornton, guest curators Clémence Mailly, Yvena Despagne and the Imagination Collective, Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave is a collaboration between Arts Gowanus, the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District and the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp.  “The art up and down Atlantic Avenue — from the vibrant street murals, to the photos on garden fences, the most intricate drawings and upcycled sculptures —is breathing a sense of hope and imagination into the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Downtown Brooklyn it connects. As an artist, I’m beyond excited that our local arts community collaborated with local merchants to use art to boost morale, especially now.” said Johnny Thornton, executive director, Arts Gowanus.  Created to support and celebrate local artists and businesses suffering as a result of the pandemic, ArtWalk is lifting spirits and bringing people back to Atlantic Avenue to connect the community and local merchants in a safe way. “You know the old adage ‘art heals?’ I can’t think of when I’ve seen a more visual example of that than this ArtWalk,” Thornton added with a wide smile. During this final weekend, ArtWalk is planning some BOO-rific Halloween fun on Atlantic Avenue this Saturday. Many Atlantic Ave merchants are participating in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt (www.halloweenpumpkinhunt.com) and will have pumpkins in their windows for little eyes to spy, and pop up entertainment to keep the day thrilling. Be sure to wear a costume and a Halloween mask to join in the excitement.    Highlights of Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Avenue include:  More than 110 Brooklyn artists exhibiting at more than 70 locations along a 1.5 mile stretch See a map here https://bit.ly/2HpGxsb Saturday October 31 – Halloween Hunt for pumpkins in merchant windows as part of the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt  Halloween decorated windows and specials at local merchants  2pm “Thriller!” performance by James Gaines Creative Outlet, (www.creativeoutlet.org) song and spoken word by 14-year old Javier Gooden, and tap dance by Tamango Vancayseele at Gumbo 495 Atlantic Ave. 2 – 4 pm pop up “Thriller!” and Javier Gooden performances up and down on Atlantic Avenue 5pm – midnite Costumes, cocktails, hot cider and classic movies in the backyard at Hollow Nickel 494 Atlantic Ave    Sunday November 1 2pm – 4pm pop up performances by New York’s all women Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussion troupe Batala New York All Weekend Long Specials, entertainment and promotions at local merchants 194 Atlantic Ave windows (former Barney’s) group show of more  than 25 artists Hoyt Street Garden:  Stoop Stories photo installation, a pandemic inspired collection of local stories 343 Atlantic Eye Smile, You Smile, a photo wall installation by artist Michael Ayuso that installation speaks to what we’ve missed during the pandemic — seeing each other’s smiles 357 Atlantic Ave “Upcycled” art made of found items created by 6 artists 396 Atlantic Ave...

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Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave Brings 1.5 Miles of Art to Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Media Contact: Stacey Sherman stacey@theshermangroup.com 917-656-3665 Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave Brings 1.5 Miles of Art to Brooklyn Neighborhoods Socially distanced, self-guided art exhibit featuring Brooklyn artists opens October 17th and 18th  September 22, 2020 Brooklyn, NY – Arts Gowanus ArtWalk opens on Atlantic Ave, connecting Brooklyn’s vibrant neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Downtown Brooklyn the weekend of October 17th and 18th. The 1.5-mile self-guided, socially distanced ArtWalk, featuring renowned Brooklyn artists, will include photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, multimedia and large installations. The art will be displayed at more than 55 storefronts, outdoor dining areas, fashion, lifestyle, home design and retail shops, construction sites, residential buildings and medical offices along Atlantic Avenue. On opening weekend, visitors can expect pop up entertainment, live art and promotions at businesses.  Designed to lift spirits, demonstrate the city’s resiliency, and celebrate and support local artists and business, this collaborative effort between Brooklyn’s arts, business and neighborhood communities led by Arts Gowanus, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp and the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, was imagined in place of the annual Arts Gowanus Open Studio event and 47 year-old Atlantic Antic events. Both events were cancelled due to the pandemic.  A family friendly event, ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave. is scheduled to remain open through November 1. Select works shown will be available for sale on the Arts Gowanus website when the exhibit opens.  For more information follow @artsgowanusonatlanticave on Instagram or visit www.artsgowanus.org beginning October 1.  WHAT: Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave WHERE: 55+ locations along Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the Waterfront WHEN: Opening weekend: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday October 18* TICKETS: Free. This socially distanced and safe event is open to the public  GETTING HERE: By Subway: Nearby stations are Hoyt Street 2 or 3, Hoyt Schermerhorn A, C, G walk south on Hoyt Street to Atlantic Ave; 2,3,4,D,N,R,Q to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, walk west to Atlantic Avenue  -more-  Media Contact: Stacey Sherman stacey@theshermangroup.com 917-656-3665  By Bus: B63 and B61, also nearby B41 and B99 By Bike: There are 8 nearby Citibike stations By Car: Parking is available at 200, 255 and 301 Atlantic Ave and 333 Schermerhorn Street and other lots nearby. Street parking rule apply. By Long Island Railroad: Atlantic Terminal stop, walk west to Atlantic Avenue  Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave is presented by Arts Gowanus, Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, and the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation.  ArtWalk is sponsored in part by Councilmember Stephen Levin; Councilmember Brad Lander; ConEdison; Mount Sinai Doctors – Brooklyn Heights; Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council; Destination Brooklyn, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and NYC & Company Foundation; Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association; Boerum Hill Association; Cobble Hill Association; Brooklyn Heights Association; ENT and Allergy Associates; Hoyt Street Association; Irene Van Slyke; Jao Ltd; Out of the Closet; and TD Bank. Media Sponsor: Hyperallergic  For more about Arts Gowanus, visit www.ArtsGowanus.org @artsgowanus on Instagram. For more about the Atlantic Avenue BID ,visit www.AtlanticAveneBID.org @atlanticavebk on Instagram. For more about Atlantic Avenue LDC, visit www.AtlanticAveLDC.org @atlanticaveldc on Instagram  NOTE TO MEDIA: Images available for download by request Available for interview:  Johnny Thornton, Executive Director Arts Gowanus and Brooklyn artist  Howard Kolins, Acting Director, Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp  Kate Chura, Executive Director, Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District  Small business owners: male, female, restaurant, retail, and services representing every orientation and ethnicity.  Neighborhood...

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Alternative Celebration of Businesses for 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: August 13, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Alternative Celebration of Businesses for 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival   Due to COVID-19 Pandemic   Brooklyn, New York – August 13, 2020- The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) had planned to present the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, October 4, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we can not proceed with this year’s festival. We look forward to continuing our tradition in the fall of 2021. AALDC is planning a new event in October, where patrons can stroll the street to re-discover the wide range of merchants on Atlantic Avenue so stay tuned for an announcement. Our businesses offer multiple services from clothing to food to personal care, making it the ideal destination to shop and dine. The “COVID Comeback” story of the avenue will be deep rooted in perseverance and triumph. We want to be able to share it with the people who love and support Atlantic Avenue. AALDC Board President, Nat Rubin commented, “The current difficult situation has reconfigured us all.  However, it is heartening to see the respect, trust and care that can still exist in each personal and business interaction. The LDC hopes to build on this positivity to bring back more of the diversity, creativity and love that Brooklyn and the Avenue are known for.”   About the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization’s mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities. The AALDC annually produces its Youth Community Scholarship Program, the Atlantic Antic Street Fair (and post-Antic retail promotion), and it’s Winter Holiday Programming (tree lighting, local-school holiday concert, and Walk the Windows retail promotion). ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993....

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46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival 2021 Update Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: May 28, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival 2021 Update Due to COVID-19 Pandemic   Brooklyn, New York – May 28, 2020 – The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) had planned to present the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are currently unable to proceed with planning, therefore the application process is suspended. We will be discussing alternative plans for a reimagined Antic and evaluating the City’s reopening progress over the next weeks and months. Our primary goal is the careful consideration of the participants and attendees’ health and safety. When the AALDC defines the path forward, it will be announced to the public. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating Brooklyn,” said AALDC President, Nat S. Rubin, “The Atlantic Antic™ is the oldest and largest street festival in our borough. Reflecting the businesses and restaurants both on the Avenue and throughout Brooklyn, for more than 40 years it has brought together folks and families through a mix of fun, food, creativity and community.”   The AALDC realizes there are many businesses and people in need right now. We are working on helping businesses on Atlantic Avenue. Some of our Atlantic Avenue small businesses have created their own GoFundMe pages to support their staff and we encourage you to visit those pages that have been consolidated by our sister organization the Atlantic Avenue BID. However, many of our other businesses also need your support.  We are hoping to raise enough money to help these businesses directly. We also want to be sure that when we all reach a “new normal”  the AALDC will be back in a strong financial position to continue its work of promoting Atlantic Avenue businesses and their connections to the community. AALDC Community Resources Fund- https://www.gofundme.com/f/aaldccommunityfund As an immediate response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AALDC created a Community Resources Page and Community Resources Fund. The Community Resources Page helps to provide easily accessible information and support to all community members. This page includes information on current local business hours/offerings, resources for families, online programming for children (including free access to select scholarship partners), and general health and safety tips.The AALDC’s Community Resources Fund supports local Atlantic Avenue businesses from 4th Avenue to Hicks Street who were forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic and are experiencing financial hardships. Community Resources Page- https://atlanticave.org/communityresources/   About the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization’s mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities. The AALDC annually produces its Youth Community Scholarship Program, the Atlantic Antic Street Fair (and post-Antic retail promotion), and it’s Winter Holiday Programming (tree lighting, local-school holiday concert, and Walk the Windows retail...

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LDC Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director

    May 13, 2020       LDC Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director Today, the board of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation announced the appointment of Howard Kolins as Interim Executive Director. Mr. Kolins has been a board member of the Boerum Hill Association since 2005 and has been President of the BHA since 2009. During that time, he has chair or co-chaired five House Tours, rallied opposition to the expansion of the House of Detention and continues to lead community opposition to the current plans and led the opposition to the 80 Flatbush development. Working with our board members, we were able to preserve the charm of Boerum Hill through rezoning, advocated for the renovation of the 16 Sycamores Playground and recently expanded our Historic District. Mr. Kolins has been a resident of Boerum Hill for 35 years. He is an experienced live event producer after a decade as Executive Producer of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” who has been producing corporate events, galas and private concerts for the past 15 years under his own banner.  Using these skills, he is proud to represent and support his community in new ways in challenging times. “I am thrilled to represent the very avenue I’ve traversed so many times when I dine and shop.” “We are extremely fortunate to have Howard join the LDC in this difficult time,” said Nat Rubin, AALDC President. “As a long-time member of our community, he is someone we know will have the vision, passion and foresight to create and continue our community-minded efforts.”     About the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization’s mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities. The AALDC annually produces its Youth Community Scholarship Program, the Atlantic Antic Street Fair (and post-Antic retail promotion), and it’s Winter Holiday Programming (tree lighting, local-school holiday concert, and Walk the Windows retail promotion).   www.atlanticave.org     #PulseofBrooklyn    ...

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